Doors closing at Jae's Inn

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Chung is closing the inn, restaurant and spa at 1111 South State St. indefinitely on Sunday night at 8. He is restructuring his culinary empire, which has decreased in size dramatically over the last year.

"I have too many things going on right now, and I need to simplify my life," Chung said in a telephone interview on Wednesday afternoon. "I've had the inn and restaurant for 14 years. I'm sad to let it go, but I just can't afford it anymore.

"Jae's Spice in Pittsfield is my main focus right now. It's a big space and a lot of work."

He plans to close up the 11-room inn for the winter, with hopes of selling it by the spring.

"I'm really sad about having to sell it," Chung said. "But I need to sell it and get things squared away with the bank."

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Chung said his main concern was the loss of jobs for his employees at the inn, whom he informed of the closure on Tuesday.

"Most of the staff will be transferring to our Pittsfield location," he said.

Jae's Inn gift certificates will be honored at Jae's Spice, a Jae's Inn in Brookline and Jae's Cafe and Grill in Boston. Chung also owns the Press Box, a sports bar adjacent to Jae's Spice on North Street. He leases the North Street location from owners Lawrence M. Rosenthal and Joyce S. Bernstein, who were forced to close the original Spice in March 2008 after it incurred losses of more than $1.2 million.

Chung said he plans to open a Korean barbecue restaurant in another space adjacent to Jae's Spice in the coming year.

"I'd really like to thank the community for their support over the last seven years, with a special thanks going to Mayor John Barrett III," Chung said.


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